Four Unknown Benefits of Ghee for Your Health!

  • 04 Jun 2019

Used for thousands of years in Ayurveda, ghee has been getting a lot of bad press in the West until a few years ago.

Most Indian kitchens have been staying away from ghee and switching to refined oil because of the bad press it had gotten in the West for many years.

According to Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner Shilpa Arora, "Ghee consists of fat soluble vitamins, which aids weight loss. Ghee also plays a key role in balancing hormones and maintaining healthy cholesterol. It also has a high heat point, which prevents it from producing free radicals that damage cell function."

Pure desi ghee has omega-3 fatty acids along with Vitamin A that is beneficial to the body. Without further ado, let's look at some of its lesser known benefits!

1. Blocked nose

Ayurveda recommends a remedy for anyone suffering from a blocked nose – to pour a few drops of warm pure cow ghee into the nostrils, first thing in the morning. The ghee travels from the nose to the throat and soothes the infection. The ghee has to be pure and lukewarm.

2. Source of energy

According to the book, 'Healing Foods' by DK Publishing House, ghee is a good source of energy because it contains medium and short-chain fatty acids, "of which, lauric acid is a potent antimicrobial and antifungal substance." Nursing mothers are often given ladoos loaded with ghee to boost their energy.

3. Helps to lose weight

Instead of avoiding fat, consuming ghee which is a high source of good fat helps the body to lose any excess weight and maintain the body's health. According to Shilpa Arora, ghee is consumed for oleation: a process of ingesting oil over a period of time. This actually helps pull fat soluble toxins out of the cells and triggers fat metabolism, a process where the body kick-starts to burn its own fat for fuel.

4. Intestinal health

Shilpa also recommends it to keeps the intestinal tract healthy. Ghee is a high source of butyric acid, which supports the health of the intestinal walls. The cells of the colon use butyric acid as their preferred source of energy.

Source: NDTV
Photo Credit: Medical News Today

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